Teaching math in fun and exciting ways

By Jude Toyat
@judetbpseeds
judetoyat@theborneopost.com

Learning mathematics with an abacus.

Learning mathematics with an abacus.

When we talk about mathematics, we always associate it with numbers.

We seldom relate it to fun and enjoyable activities like singing or storytelling, which can actually help to ensure better development in the subject especially among primary school students, said Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute college deputy director Anis Alisya Abdullah.

“It is important for teachers and parents to know that they have big responsibility in educating their children and students through various teaching methods that should be able to attract their attention.

“Mathematics, for example, can actually be taught in extremely fun and meaningful ways,” she said during the closing ceremony of Mathematics Carnival 2016 held at the institute on April 16.

 View of the Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute Mathematics Carnival 2016 held on April 16.

View of the Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute Mathematics Carnival 2016 held on April 16.

She added that children’s basic instinct was actually to play, not study.

“Therefore, if teachers are able to plan their lessons in such a way that the students think that they are playing, the students will fight to enter their classes and learn from them.

“Through this programme, we hope that the teachers and parents will be able to learn one or two things to better educate the younger ones, incorporating fun in studying to ensure better growth in terms of education,” she added.

Students looking excited for the carnival and participate in the Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition.

Students looking excited for the carnival and participate in the Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition.

The annual event organised by the institute’s mathematics department incorporates lots of exciting mathematics activities including the Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition, Math Games, and paper engineering activities that involves a total of 260 students from 30 schools around Kuching.

The institute will also organise similar carnivals in August that will incorporate not only mathematics but also Science, English, Bahasa Melayu, physical education and many other subjects.

“So, please come again and join us for an even bigger carnival in August,” she added.

Overall champion of the Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition SJK Chung Hua No. 3.

Overall champion of the Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition SJK Chung Hua No. 3.

Teacher trainees of Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute during a photo call at the closing ceremony of Mathematic Carnival 2016.

Teacher trainees of Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute during a photo call at the closing ceremony of Mathematic Carnival 2016.

Students holding their trophies and certificates of participation during the closing ceremony of Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute Mathematics Carnival 2016 at the higher learning institution on April 16.

Students holding their trophies and certificates of participation during the closing ceremony of Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute Mathematics Carnival 2016 at the higher learning institution on April 16.

 Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute college deputy director Anis Alisya Abdullah (second left) and educators of Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute during the Mathematic Carnival 2016.

Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute college deputy director Anis Alisya Abdullah (second left) and educators of Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute during the Mathematic Carnival 2016.

 A student give a thumbs-up to the Mathematic Carnival 2016.

A student giving a thumbs-up to the Mathematics Carnival 2016.

 

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